Government of Canada announces funding to Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Government of Canada announces renewed funding of $125 million to Canadian Foodgrains Bank over five years to provide food for people affected by humanitarian crises

CFGB funding announcement

From left: CLWR Executive Director and Canadian Foodgrains Bank Board Chair, Robert Granke; the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources; and CFGB supporter Will Bergmann. Photo: CLWR/E.Paulley

A message from Robert Granke, CLWR Executive Director and Canadian Foodgrains Bank Board Chair

I extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the Government of Canada for the ongoing support for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies, representing 30 denominations—all united in an effort to end global hunger.

Our vision at the Foodgrains Bank is a world without hunger, and it is a vision we are proud to share with the Government of Canada.

The Foodgrains Bank was founded in 1983 as a way for Canadian farmers, churches and others to share of their blessings and abundance with people far away affected by war, drought, famine and other crises.

CLWR was a founding member, along with Mennonite Central Committee, which is also headquartered in Manitoba.

From the beginning, the Government of Canada has been a partner with us through the Foodgrains Bank, providing matching grants to help make the donations of Canadians for our agencies go further as we seek to help those who are hungry.

Much has changed over the past 33 years. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the Canadian Government’s unwavering support for our work as member agencies through the Foodgrains Bank.

By working together as member agencies, and with our partners on the ground, we are able to combine this support from the Government with donations from Canadians to help people and communities recover from crises and strengthen their lives and livelihoods.

It’s this spirit of cooperation and collaboration that makes the Canadian Foodgrains Bank so special, bringing together its members’ agencies, Canadian farmers, churches, businesses, other donors and the Canadian Government for the single goal of ensuring that, one day, nobody in the world goes to bed hungry.

We are grateful for the Canadian government’s unwavering support for our efforts to end global hunger. It is a testament to the quality of the programs being delivered by the Foodgrains Bank’s members through their local partners, and to the tremendous grassroots support from Canadians for our work of ending global hunger—particularly the support of Canadian farmers and rural communities.

It is now our goal to make sure these funds are used effectively and responsibly, so that that we can make a real difference in the lives of millions of men, women and children as we work towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.

Robert Granke, Executive Director

Read the Government of Canada’s news release

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